Haematozoa in birds from la macarena national natural park (colombia)
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Birds from 69 species in 25 families were collected from La Macarena NationalNatural Park in Colombia between June and November 2000 and examined forhaematozoa. Eighty-two of the 342 birds (24%) were positive for one or more taxon.Microfilariae were the most commonly seen parasites (10.5%) and Leucocytozoonthe least common (0.3%). Other parasites were species of the genera Plasmodium(4.4%), Trypanosoma (3.5%), Hepatozoon (3.5%) and Haemoproteus (3.2%).The low intensity of haemosporidian parasites agreed with other records from theNeotropics. Parasite prevalence in this Neotropical region was higher than levelsfound in other surveys in the Neotropics, but lower than levels found for the Nearcticarea. A new host-parasite association is reported here, as well as avian speciesexamined for haematozoa for the first time.
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